Curfew was re-imposed in Srinagar after 12-year-old Junaid Ahmad succumbed to pellet injuries. The boy was killed after security forces fired pellet guns at protesters in Srinagar on Saturday evening, sparking widespread anger in the city and prompting authorities to impose a curfew
As per the police, security forces fired pellet guns after Eidgah protests in the area and Junaid, however, was not part of the protests. “He was standing at the main gate of his home in the Saidpora area in downtown area of city when he was hit by a volley of pellets,” said an official on the condition of anonymity (Greater Kashmir).
He was rushed to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in a critical condition as dozens of pellets hit his head and chest. He later died in the hospital after which hundreds of people took to the streets in protest against his death after his body was brought to his home, shouting slogans against the government.
Security forces fired teargas shells as people marched with his body towards a burial ground near the city’s Eidgah – a large ground for prayers during Eid.
Locals say as the funeral procession started, security forces tried to stop it. This led to further clashes and several people have been injured in teargas shelling and pellet firing. As the curfew enters its 92nd day, more than 60 people have been injured in fresh clashes that broke out after the death of Junaid.